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Kentucky Derby: ‘Tis the Season for Tiz the Law

This year’s delayed Kentucky Derby may have a clear winner in Tiz the Law, who won the Belmont in June and other important races. But that doesn’t mean there aren’t some challengers in this pack.

Don’t look now, but the Kentucky Derby is just around the bend, and Tiz the Law is out in front.

The rescheduled Run for the Roses occurs September 5 at Churchill Downs in Kentucky, after the Covid pandemic postponed the May 2 event.

Who would have figured an event that takes place the first Saturday each May would be conducted on Labor Day weekend? The good news for bettors and race fans is that the Derby was rescheduled at all.

Before betting action gets feverish next week, let’s look at some of the horses gaining attention.

Tiz the Law

Tiz the Law is favored to win the Derby, and deservedly so. He’s the most consistent, talented horse in the country. In quick succession, Tiz won the Florida Derby (March 28), the Belmont Stakes (June 20) and the Travers Stakes (August 8). That’s Horse-of-the-Year credentials right there. Interestingly, he’s never been threatened in any of the big races.

His most impressive victory was at the Travers, in which he won going away and equaled the distance of 1¼ miles that he’ll run in the Kentucky Derby. Usually, no horses have run that length prior to the Derby. But again, we’re talking about a September race.

Before the Travers, Tiz won the Belmont, which was only one turn this year. Tiz stalked the early pace, took over around the far turn, and won solidly. The Belmont, ironically, was the shortest of the Triple Crown races at 1 1/8 miles—it’s usually the longest at 1 ½.

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  • Authentic
    Among the challengers, don’t count out Authentic, who has an added incentive to win the Derby. He held on to win the Haskell Stakes at Monmouth Park in July, and would bag a $1 million bonus if he wins that race along with the Kentucky Derby and the Breeders Cup on November 7.
  • Honor A.P.
    Honor A.P.
    beat Authentic in the Santa Anita Derby, although Authentic’s awful start, in which he reared to the right, was enough to make the difference. Still, these are horses of equal ability. Check that against the odds.
  • Post
    Dr. Post was second in the Belmont and made a sustained bid, passing the early speed. The horse should get consideration in the Derby.
  • Caracaro
    Finally, Caracaro ran a strong second in the Travers and should get some Kentucky Derby betting respect.

So far, it looks like every contender but Tiz the Law is vying for second place. Place your bets, and let’s see how it all plays out next weekend.

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Dave Bontempo, a multiple award-winning writer and broadcaster, has covered sports for the Associated Press, ESPN, HBO and Showtime and called boxing matches on every major network. Dave is a winner of the Sam Taub Award for broadcast excellence given by the Boxing Writers Association of America, and is a member of both the New Jersey Boxing Hall of Fame and the Atlantic City International Boxing Hall of Fame. He writes regularly for sportsquare.com and Global Gaming Business magazine.

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